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By Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela

Discussed July 2019

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  • Elena Abbott
  • James Gratham
  • Samir
  • Amelia Chee
  • Broadway, Wardell, Lincoln Chee
  • Fred
  • Sebastian Crowe
  • Professor Bellcamp
  • Mr. Grant & Mr. Moore


  1. Did you read/finish the book?
  2. Did you like it?  What key item(s)/aspect(s) caused your like or dislike?
  3. Did the story feel like it was set in 1972? Was it a story relevant for today?
  4. Abbott as a protagonist is an outsider for many reasons in the story – her gender, her race, her sexuality – did you feel a sense of the entrenched social constructs she faced?
  5. Did you like Abbott as a character?
  6. Peter asked me, early in his reading, where the genre content was.  Did you feel the genre content came too late?  On time? Too early?
  7. What genre would you call this story?
  8. How well did you feel the supernatural storyline wove into the storyline about the racial and gender tensions/issues Abbott faced?
  9. Were you satisfied with the level of defining we, the reader, received about the supernatural energies/aspects?
  10. Did Abbott’s efforts make a difference? Was her journalism or her “supernatural adventure” more effective in effecting positive change?
  11. Do you think Abbott and Amelia will last? Why or why not?
  12. What did you think of the art style? Were there images that stood out?
  13. Did this story remind you of anything else you’d read/seen?
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